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166  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Weather Radio on: March 05, 2012, 09:01:02 am
As for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the official website says peak blossoms are expected to be March 2431 this year.  So we expect there not to be blossom one when we get there. sad Were going to the Adventure Caravans 11 Day Spring Mega Rally - Washington DC: http://www.adventurecaravans.com/usa/avc_usa_tours.asp?TCC=11RYRUWA2012990.  Weve been to two other Adventure Caravans events and have really been impressed.  Everything is absolutely first class. Talking to folks at the events, they fall all over themselves talking up the other events theyve been to.  You end up doing many things you would have never done on your own, often would have never considered doing or would even know to do.  One person had been to nearly 30 rallies and caravans!  One guy came to visit our PC three times; swore he was headed to Elkhart to visit the factory.  Dont know if he ever did.

But even if we miss the cherry blossoms, we are still anxious to see D.C. again, a place that you cant really see too often.  If you havent been there, go!!  Every American should absolutely see it at least once.

We are also going in the 32 Day Great River Road & Fall Colors Caravan: http://www.adventurecaravans.com/usa/avc_usa_tours.asp?TCC=32USMIS2012977.  It starts in Bemidji, MN where you can step across the Mississippi River and then follows the Mighty Mississippi all the way the other end in New Orleans.  It would be fun to have another PC in the group
167  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Weather Radio on: March 04, 2012, 06:37:33 am
Were headed home from Florida to Ohio.  Delayed leaving a day due to the weather, but still had some tense moments yesterday in central Georgia.  Youre right about having NOAA weather channels on the CB.  Constant updates as you drive.  And like you, a second weather radio when setup.  Have to winterize today. Cry  But leaving for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. in April.  Smile
168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 02, 2012, 08:08:16 pm
Billy, thanks for the pics. I saved them.
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 02, 2012, 03:54:56 pm
Yes, it would make a good space for that. Im going to make you guys jealous though: my wife hates to shop. As for not seeing the outlet before now, she suggested it was because of my 68 year-old eyes. But Im sure that isn't it.  Grin
170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 08:24:35 pm
Well, Kevin, youre right. I had to pull harder that I was initially willing to pull. A Helpful vote for your Helpful Rating. But its only about six inches deep, and even carpeted!  Considering the effort to get it out and back in place, I would only want to put something there that I would not expect to need very often. But that left a lot of space under that, so what could it be? When I showed by very smart wife, she said she knew what it was. So, I said, what? After her answer, I said, Duh.  Her answer: the mechanics for the slide.  shrug
171  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 07:39:50 pm
Yes, it has two sets of seatbelts on that forward facing seat only. Dont know positively where theyre anchored, but apparently on the floor by feeling a slot behind the seat. Still, it would be nice to access any additional space if there is any.  But have to assume the space pretty much used by something.
172  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: March 01, 2012, 05:00:13 pm
My two cents worth on a brake system: We have an older Brake Buddy without proportional braking. (Fleetwood paid half the cost to settle a federal complaint against them for misstating towing capability on our Class A.)  I can tell when its working because I can feel it, plus the indicator on the dash.  But with very careful driving, it rarely comes on. The point being that if I had to replace it, I personally wouldnt pay extra for proportional braking with the lighter weight toad we have.
173  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 04:49:06 pm
The front dinette seat has a very large drawer under it to utilize the space. But the space under the rear dinette seat, where the outlet is, is not accessible. The cushion is not removable (kind of wish it was reversible). Nothing inside or out would seem to utilize that space. But there must be something important in there no space seems to be wasted.
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: March 01, 2012, 01:35:42 pm
Well, what do you know?  Probably other 3100 owners knew this, but we didnt, even after we have owned it for a year and a half.  Theres an additional electrical outlet far back under the forward facing dinette seat.  Probably for a computer.  All the times weve cleaned, weve have never noticed it.  We set up a small Christmas tree on the table in December.  Christmas the first time in Florida still seems a little strange for a northerner.  With no outlet available (we thought), we unfolded the sofa bed in order to access the outlet for the Aerobed and used an extension cord.

So my outlet count is 12, including what must be one in the compartment above the pantry for the microwave, which is screwed shut. Living/cab, 4 (no Aerobed; 3?); kitchen 3; bedroom, 3; bath, 1; exterior, 1.  First class . . . as always.

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175  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: February 29, 2012, 06:19:23 pm
DownByTheRiver, not sure what you trying to say.  But for us, livability was the most important thing.  Frankly, we dont watch all that much TV.  My recliner is comfortable and makes working on the computer easy (I am a webmaster for four non-profits, gratis).  Also, we are avid readers, and the sofa and recliner work out very well for us.  Not quite sure how you can make valid observations with owning a PC.
176  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question for 3100 owners on: February 29, 2012, 01:17:54 pm
Yep, added a chair (recliner).  We previously had a Class A with all the trimmings.  In 2006, we sold the Class A ourselves and downsized to a PC, Model 2900, which is no longer made and was bought from a dealer.  This was before mostly factory-only sales by PC.  Our dealer went out of business which, I guess, is one good reason PC is now mostly factory-only sales.   The 2900 had a small swivel chair, see floor plan below.  Beside the chair was a small triangular cabinet with a top that I used a lot (also on the 2700 and 2910), more on that table little top later.  We really liked the 2900 but missed the dinette from the Class A.  And the rear slideout didnt suit us as we couldnt use the bed or access most of the closets and cabinets unless the rear slide was open.  Also, the bath layout was not the best for us.  Both would also be true of the 2700 and 2910.

We went to the Phoenix Owners Clubs annual meeting in Branson, MO which turned out to be quite an expensive trip for us.  Kermit was there with the new 3100, and we ended up trading for one.  The more open floor plan of the 3100 made a dramatic difference even though its only 10 longer than the 2900 (and the 2910).  Also, it has a longer wheel base (better ride but larger turning radius), bigger gray tank, and an extra outside storage compartment.  We would have preferred a single double bed, but the twins work fine, and the bed is actually longer, my feet dont hang over!  The bath arrangement is a major, major improvement.  We made several changes when it was built send me an e-mail if youd like details.  But back to the chair

We bought a Euro chair, recliner with ottoman like this: http://www.amazon.com/Microfiber-Recliner-Ottoman-Mocha-Description/dp/B004D4IF4C but dont use the ottoman.  See pic below.  There are many, many Euro chair makes/models available.  I tried to choose one with the narrowest width.  I didnt spring for the extra money for the leather personal choice.  When I recline, I just prop my feet on the turned-around passenger chair which works fine.  When we watch TV, Im in the recliner; my wifes asleep on the sofa  Grin.  I keep my laptop on a cushioned lap table which I often set on the passenger chair when not in use, or on the floor between the seats.  Im pretty sure PC offers a recliner to match, but Im not sure there would be room for the flip up footrest.  Im very happy with this arrangement.  We rarely use the sofa bed but can by moving the chair in front of the dinette for the night.  And as for the sofa bed, if you rarely use it, Id recommend our sofa bed, no longer used but may be available.  It has a full width/depth drawer under it which is huge (see pic).  Easy access for my computer, printer, and long items.  It requires an Areobed which weve had no problems with but rarely use.

I was concerned about not having the small side table that I had on the 2900. I solved that by using the cabinet next to the chair, see pic.  I bought a plastic cutting board at Walmart and cut it to fit the opening.  Great for my coffee warmer in the morning, a cold beverage in the afternoon, and a Happy Hour drink before supper.  Good place for other things too like the TV remote.  No need to clear it off when traveling just close the cabinet door and go.  And youll find that that wall of cabinets behind the passenger seat holds a ton of stuff.

I know that many folks want to stay with shorter models, but this works for us.  We do travel.  Been to Alaska.  Drove Route 66: http://www.mytripjournal.com/HistoricRoute66 and the Pacific Coast Highway: http://www.mytripjournal.com/ThePCH.   Weve been in 49 states by RV (and Hawaii, Guam and Europe by air).  But we also stay for weeks in some places; weve been in Florida for the past three months at an RV resort.  So the 3100 floor plan works great for that.  And boy do we get visitors Class A folks wanting to see what the PC is all about.  nod
177  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: February 28, 2012, 07:19:39 am
Wow! Talk about using a cannon to shot a flea!  Grin   Ive heard all those arguments before, especially from my loquacious bother-in-law.   Bottom line: buying from an American car company creates jobs and profits for America and Americans.  Well never own a car from a foreign car company.  Not when there are plenty of cars made by American car companies rated as good as or better than those of foreign car companies.  Weve had several Class A motorhomes and other RVs and several tow cars.  The HHR is certainly the best weve ever had as a tow car.  And driving it is great sits up straight like the PC. 
178  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: February 27, 2012, 12:37:46 pm
We tow a Chevy HHR, 4 down, automatic, no body mods (but do remove a fuse).  Tows great, no mileage registers, lots of room in the back for everything.  Best, its from an American car company none of the profit on the car left the American economy and went to a foreign country. nod
179  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: February 20, 2012, 05:39:27 pm
We would like to get a cat but are unsure of how well they travel.  We had a cat pre-PC, and she was terrified of riding in a car.  Was that typical?  Does it work best starting of as a kitten?  Would prefer to get an adult cat
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Troubleshooting electrical problems in rear camera hookup on: February 20, 2012, 05:32:32 pm
Our first PC was a 2006.  We didnt have an intermittent problem it just quit working.  And during a month trip.  And out of warranty.  Called the manufacture (dont remember the name), and they replaced it when we got home.  Have a 2011 now with a Sony, its great.
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